• 2017 May 18 10:09

    Oblique icebreaker Baltika breaks ice in the Arctic

    The oblique icebreaker Baltika is serving as a standby vessel at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob, says the ship designer Aker Arctic. In May 2017, Gazprom Neft's Novoportovskoye field reached a significant milestone when the total cumulative oil shipped from the terminal onboard icebreaking shuttle tankers exceeded five million tonnes. Aker Arctic had a significant role in the development of this year-round transportation system.

    Baltika, the world’s first icebreaker with an asymmetric hull that allows icebreaking in ahead and astern directions as well as sideways, has been in service in the Gulf of Ob for almost two years. The vessel, originally designed by Aker Arctic as a multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Gulf of Finland, was chartered by Gazprom Neft as an interim standby vessel for the Arctic Gates terminal in 2015 following successful full-scale ice trials in the same region. Alexey Shtrek, who works as Development Manager at Aker Arctic, recently visited Baltika while the vessel was in operation off Cape Kamenny.

    Despite the fact that the vessel was not designed for operation in Arctic ice conditions, icebreaker Baltika has successfully carried out ice management at the Arctic Gates oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob for two consecutive winters. In early May, the thickness of fast ice around the terminal was about 1.6 m which is more than the maximum ice thickness found in the Gulf of Finland.

    When tankers arrive at the Arctic Gates oil terminal – every other day on average – Baltika supports the mooring and loading operations together with the icebreaking supply vessel Vladislav Strizhov. The more maneuverable oblique icebreaker also independently maintains the approach channel and keeps the tanker mooring site near the terminal clean of brash ice. During these ice management operations, the asymmetric vessel can break the frozen edge of the channel with the inclined port side and clear the channel by pushing the brash ice with the vertical starboard side. The ability to use the azimuth propulsion units – two in the stern and one in the bow – to keep the vessel stationary while simultaneously flushing brash ice around the vessel has been highly appreciated by Baltika's master.

    In addition to ice management, Baltika is also used to transfer loading and mooring masters as well as pilots to the tankers. The vessel's standby mission also include continuous readiness for emergency rescue and oil spill response operations.

    While Baltika is acting as an interim standby vessel, Aker Arctic developed the Aker ARC 130 A icebreaker design to support tanker loading operations at the Arctic Gates terminal. Two vessels, Aleksandr Sannikov and Andrei Vertitsky, are under construction at Vyborg Shipyard. These icebreakers, which represent a further development of the Finnish icebreaker Polaris with higher propulsion power and increased ice class, are capable of breaking up to 2 m thick level ice in both ahead and astern directions. They are specifically designed to operate in shallow water and challenging ice conditions such as thick consolidated brash ice.

    Aker Arctic was also involved in the development of the 42,000 DWT shallow-draught icebreaking shuttle tankers that were built specifically to transport oil from the Gulf of Ob to the ice-free port of Murmansk. The lead ship, Shturman Albanov, was recently awarded Ship of the Year 2016 at the international 2017 Marine Propulsion Awards. These Arc7 ice class tankers are based on the double acting ship (DAS) principle developed by Aker Arctic for ships operating primarily without icebreaker assistance in challenging ice conditions. The hull form was developed in co-operation with Samsung Heavy Industries and the development work included five weeks of ice model testing at Aker Arctic's ice laboratory in Helsinki, Finland.

     




2018 January 17

13:25 Throughput of port Kavkaz up 40% to 44.293 mln t in 2017
13:08 OOCL christens the last in latest series of ‘G-Class’ containerships
12:54 Yevgeny Zagorodny steps down as Vice-President of United Shipbuilding Corporation
12:26 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 1 mln t milestone this year (photo)
12:01 The Port of Helsinki takes the top spot among European passenger ports
11:22 De Boer/Dutch Dredging and Iskes Towage take delivery of ASD 2310 SD at Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld
10:43 Port of Gdansk throughput up 9% to 40.6 mln t in 2017
10:19 Brent Crude futures price down 0.1% to $69.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.11% to $63.66
10:00 NOVATEK’s hydrocarbons production in 2017 totaled 513.3 mln boe, down 6.2% Y-o-Y
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:15 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,221 points
09:08 Hamburg Süd honored twice for sustainability
08:14 COSCO's container ship to receive cyber enabled ship descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM (Energy Management System)’

2018 January 16

18:21 Kommer Damen opens Damen Area Support China
18:08 DNV GL approves latest Kongsberg Digital Engine Room Simulators
17:49 Russian Railways: Loading of Russia’s export cargo bound for domestic ports up 6.4% Y-o-Y to 293.4 mln t in 2017
17:26 State stevedores of Ukraine handled 34.73 mln t of cargo in 2017, down 9.6% Y-o-Y
17:00 Andrey Lavrishchev’s report at Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress will focus on promising port projects
16:35 Installation of Belgian topside for offshore substation marks milestone in further construction of Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
16:04 Maersk Line announces increase in FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC and from Mediterranean to Far East
15:52 Jotun Paints congratulates North-Western Shipping Company on its 95th anniversary!
15:34 DNV GL launches new JDP to test biodegradable lubricants
15:04 TTS Group ASA secures contract with Cosco (Dalian) Shipyard for TTS cranes
14:45 New Delhi will host 5th edition of Oil Spill India Conference on 5-6 July 2018
14:29 Norwegian Control Systems delivers automation and bridge control systems to five Fjord1 ferries
14:10 Port Mechel Temryuk hanlded 1.5 mln t of cargo in 2017, up 6% Y-o-Y (photo)
13:37 Russia's crude exports in 2017 rise 7%, year-on-year, to 256.718 million tonnes
13:13 Turnover of DeloPorts’ terminals in 2017 up 28% Y-o-Y to 7.7 mln t
12:49 NSR cargo traffic in 2017 included 9.73 mln t carried by seagoing vessels and 797,190 t carried by river ships
12:28 Singapore will host 22nd HR & Crew Management Conference on 16-17 May, 2018
11:56 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 15-16
11:34 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:11 Coal exports from Russia rose 4% to 185.136 million tonnes in 2017
10:50 Oceanographic vessel Admiral Vladimirsky starts research in Indian Ocean
10:25 Brent Crude futures price down 0.4% to $69.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $64.5
10:07 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
09:42 Cargo turnover at inland water ways of Azov-Don Basin down 4.9% to 9.796 mln t in 2017
09:19 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,264 points
09:07 Vroon’s VOS Stone mobilised with Ampelmann A400 gangway system
08:37 MMC First Process involved in the world’s first wellboat simulator
07:03 Crowley announces plans to build new 100,000-barrel Alaska Class ATB

2018 January 15

18:06 The largest hydraulic crane in the world at Vuosaari Harbour
17:29 Port of Tallinn offers Video Guides for car and truck drivers
17:06 Number of sea-going vessels entered the port of Rotterdam up to 29,646 in 2017
16:47 Construction begins on “Crystal Endeavor” at MV WERFTEN
16:43 Throughput of port Taganrog up 29.8% 3,067,100 t in 2017
16:35 QuantiServ introduces robotised laser technology that drastically increases the lifespan of 2-stroke engine pistons
16:16 Ice navigation restrictions at port Vysotsk (Leningrad Region) come into effect from January 29
15:51 Yevgeny Savkin appointed as Director General of Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga (photo)
15:27 Three vessels escorted by icebreakers in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on Jan 14-15
15:04 Port of Kiel throughput up 14.3% to 7,407.376 tons in 2017
14:30 Grain transshipment via Russian ports showed highest growth in 2017 among other cargoes, followed by coal and coke
14:02 Crossing of 278 vessel the Suez Canal of tonnage 16.9 million ton during 6 days
13:48 Dry cargo carrier of Project 964, Kalevala, converted for grain transportation (photo)
13:23 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 13,037 in RF spot market
13:02 MOL announces full acquisition and name change of Azalea Maritime B.V.
12:41 Egyptian Government targets 5.7 milliard dollars Suez Canal revenues by end of fiscal year
12:05 Adani inaugurates two Royal IHC Beagle TSHDs
11:57 ZIM appoints a Chief Digital Officer
11:39 Change in communications leadership at Hamburg Süd